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PhD Opportunities

Open Call for full-time 3-year PhD scholarship

Queen's Management School | PHD
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Application Deadline
6 May 2022
Start Date
1 October 2022


Queen’s Management School at Queen’s University Belfast is making an open call for full-time 3-year PhD scholarship applications commencing October 2022. We invite interested parties to submit applications to one of the four subject areas the School specialises in.

•Accounting – in particular, we welcome submissions addressing issues in governance, reporting, control and change in the public sector and in the wider not-for-profit sector, particularly in the areas of charities and social enterprise organisations.

•Economics – in particular, we welcome submissions addressing interests in game theory, networks and mechanism design, labour economics, economic history, regional economics, economic growth and development, theoretical and applied econometrics.

•Finance – in particular, we welcome submissions addressing financial markets & institutions, data analytics and sustainable finance.

•Management – in particular, we welcome submissions addressing entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation; marketing, strategy and international business; business analytics; supply chain, human resource management and employment relations.

Applications may also wish to align with one of our four Research Centres at the School:
•Queen’s Centre for Economic History
•Centre for Health Research at the Management School
•Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Organisation
•Centre for Not-For-Profit and Public Sector Research

Admissions onto the Queen’s Management School PhD programme typically require a UK 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) and a UK Masters degree in a relevant discipline with a final result of at least 60% (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University). International students wishing to apply, and for whom English is not their first language, must demonstrate proficiency in English to benefit fully from their programme of study or research. An IETLS score of 7.0 overall, with no less than a 6.0 in any component, is required.

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QMS will only accept applications where there exists sufficient research expertise to ensure proper supervision of students. In the first instance, applicants must identify potential supervisors from the School and make informal contact. Academic staff at the School will be able to tell you whether they have sufficient expertise to supervise your topic and whether a fuller application is worthwhile. Applications that are not supported by a supervisor will not be considered.

Application Process
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions. Applications to the scholarship must include a one-page cover letter detailing their suitability for the PhD programme at QMS and a research proposal of no more than three pages and one page of references. The deadline for applications is 6 May 2022. Decisions on successful applications will be communicated no later than June 2022.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Niall Cullinane, Director of Postgraduate Research at the School

Funding Information

Available scholarships provide funding covering three years of annual tuition fees for either UK/EU (£4,407 per year) or International applicants (£16,950 per year) and living costs/stipend on a full-time basis valued at £46,827 over three years.

Project Summary

    Mode of Study

    Full-time: 3 years

    Funding Body
    Queen’s Management School
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    Accounting overview

    The accounting group is energetic and continuously strives for excellence in teaching and its scholarship. The group's research strengths range from accounting change to accounting education, and from performance measurement to financial accounting, using both quantitative and qualitative research techniques. The group has a particular interest in public sector and not-for-profit organisations. Aside from gaining close research advice and direction from their supervisors and other academics in the group, research students benefit from attending courses and tailor-made reading groups to complete their background preparation in accounting. Queen's Management School prides itself on research-led teaching and offers its research students experience as teaching assistants in a variety of undergraduate courses. Students regularly attend the School's various seminar series, which attract leading academics from around the world. Students also present their work at these events, gaining invaluable advice and preparation for the academic job market.

    Mode of study/duration

    Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).

    Course content

    Research Information

    Associated Research
    Accounting and performance measurement in multinational companies
    Accounting quality and corporate governance
    Accruals accounting in public sector organisations
    Ethics and accounting education
    Governance in charities
    Management/accounting change in the public sector
    Performance measurement/management in charities
    Performance measurement/management in public sector organisations
    Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contracts and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP)
    Short-termism and corporate governance
    Use of the case study approach in accounting education

    Career Prospects

    The School has a proven track-record of placing its PhD graduates in tenure-track research and teaching posts at top universities in the UK and elsewhere.

    People teaching you

    Postgraduate Administrator

    Management School

    Learning Outcomes

    Course structure


    Entrance requirements

    Normally a UK 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) and a UK Master’s degree in a relevant discipline with a final result of 60% (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University).

    How we choose our students

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    Evidence of an IELTS* score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

    International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £4,596
    Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £4,596
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £4,596
    EU Other 3 £18,000
    International £18,000

    1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

    2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

    3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2021-22, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Accounting costs

    There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

    Bench fees

    Some research programmes incur an additional annual charge on top of the tuition fees, often referred to as a bench fee. Bench fees are charged when a programme (or a specific project) incurs extra costs such as those involved with specialist laboratory or field work. If you are required to pay bench fees they will be detailed on your offer letter. If you have any questions about Bench Fees these should be raised with your School at the application stage. Please note that, if you are being funded you will need to ensure your sponsor is aware of and has agreed to fund these additional costs before accepting your place.

    How do I fund my study?

    1.PhD Opportunities

    Find PhD opportunities and funded studentships by subject area.

    2.Funded Doctoral Training Programmes

    We offer numerous opportunities for funded doctoral study in a world-class research environment. Our centres and partnerships, aim to seek out and nurture outstanding postgraduate research students, and provide targeted training and skills development.

    3.PhD loans

    The Government offers doctoral loans of up to £26,445 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes for English- or Welsh-resident UK and EU students.

    4.International Scholarships

    Information on Postgraduate Research scholarships for international students.

    Funding and Scholarships

    The Funding & Scholarship Finder helps prospective and current students find funding to help cover costs towards a whole range of study related expenses.

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

    Find a supervisor

    If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.

    To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.

    You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.